Microwave yellow squash is a delicious and simple way to make your favorite summer squash side dish. Cooked, seasoned, and ready in under 5 minutes!
Microwaving yellow squash is an easy way to make your favorite veggies whether you're home or away. Imagine the hotel meals, dorm room, or uses for this simple steamed squash recipe when the oven breaks down.
Yellow squash is known for its mild flavor and tender texture, but it becomes even more delicious when steamed to perfection. This cooking method preserves the natural sweetness of the squash and enhances its vibrant color, making it a wonderful addition to your plate.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's simple. All you need is plastic wrap, a bowl, water, and your favorite summer squash! Once you know how to microwave summer squash you'll never want to cook it any other way again!
- It's efficient. Steamed vegetables in the microwave save me so much time and effort that they're often a go-to when I need a veggie on the dinner plate. You're going to LOVE this microwaved summer squash recipe!
- It's frugal. This recipe is pretty cheap to throw together and even more so if you grew the yellow squash in your garden!
Yellow Squash- You will need some fresh yellow squash for this recipe. Make sure to wash them well before use.
Water- You will need some water to steam the squash in, but the actual amount will vary based on the size of your bowl.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Step 1: Wash and slice the yellow squash. Add to a microwave-safe bowl.
Step 2: Chop your onion and add it to the bowl of squash.
Step 3: Add in just enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl by about ½ inch to 1 inch.
Step 4: Cover the top of the bowl well with Cling Wrap and then microwave for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add additional time in 30 seconds- 1-minute increments if you want them cooked more.
Step 5: Drain the water and add in the seasonings, toss well.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Make sure to use microwave-safe cling wrap and bowls to cook yellow squash in microwave. This is probably the most important thing to mention as not everything is microwave safe!
Microwaves also vary in strength so the time needed to cook your squash may vary. The goal is to have it look slightly translucent (or as translucent as you want).
I prefer my summer squash to have a bit of a firm fresh bite to it around the outside but still soft in the center. You can always add another 30 seconds- 1 minute and check on it if it's not done to your liking.
The water is added by sight, not by actual measure. You want just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl, by about ½-1 inch of depth.
Absolutely! Use a combination of yellow squash and zucchini or one or the other, depending on what you have on hand.
Yellow squash is a good source of fiber and vitamins like A, B6, and C. They also have a decent amount of potassium. They're a nutritional veggie that's often very affordable when in season in the Fall.
You can cut and prep your yellow squash and onion bowl and cover it in the fridge up to a day in advance. You can also slice the yellow squash and simply keep it in a Ziploc for about 1-2 days before cooking, but keep in mind it may dry out if not properly sealed.
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Microwave Yellow Squash
- 2 medium Yellow Squash ($1.78)
- ½ small Onion ($0.35)
- ½ teaspoon Salt ($0.05)
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper ($0.01)
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder ($0.02)
- ¼ teaspoon Italian Seasoning ($0.02)
- 1 cup water (possibly less!) ($0.00)
- Wash and slice your yellow squash and stick them in a microwave safe bowl.
- Chop onion and add to bowl.
- Add in just enough water to get the bottom of the bowl covered. It should look about ½-1 inch tall with the onions and squash in the bowl.
- Cover the top with Cling Wrap and then microwave for 3-4 minutes until soft. You can add additional 30 second-1 minute increments if you want them cooked more.
- Drain water and add in seasonings. Toss to coat.
- Serve warm.
- Make sure to use microwave-safe cling wrap and a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwaves vary in strength so the time needed to cook your squash may vary. The goal is to have it look slightly translucent (or as translucent as you want). You can always add another 30 seconds- 1 minute and check on it if it's not done to your liking.
- The water is added by sight, not by actual measure. You want just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl, by about ½-1 inch of depth.